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Racism, Policy and Politics$
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Karim Murji

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319573

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319573.001.0001

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‘The changing same’

‘The changing same’

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(p.1) Introduction ‘The changing same’
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Racism, Policy and Politics
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Karim Murji

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447319573.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the questions of race and racism, and of policing and policy. In many ways, the landscape around the politics of race and policing has altered dramatically — the extent and depth of research on race, policing, and policy alone bears no comparison with the 1970s and 1980s; the same also applies to public and media discussions of racism. However, there is something very familiar, even unchanging, about the ways in which the same matters recur: complaints of unfair and discriminatory over-policing of black people, of racism and inequality in public policy, and the unresolved legacy of cases from the 1990s. This book argues that the ongoing and unresolved challenges around race and racism are troubling in academic discourse as well as in public policy and debate and, moreover, that the discussion of these is linked together.

Keywords:   race, racism, policy, politics, black people, public policy, academic discourse, public debate, policing

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